Organizers are solidifying details for the upcoming Pro Beach Volleyball Tournament to be hosted at Vinoy Park.
The tournament, which will take place Sept. 13-15 as part of a seven-city tour, will feature all active American volleyball players who competed in the 2012 London Summer Olympics, such as gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings, and other well-known players. Some of the matches will air on CBS Sports, said Mario Farias, the local consultant working with AVP on behalf of the city.
Representatives from AVP and the city discussed the tournament at a celebratory reception Wednesday evening.
Six temporary courts will be constructed in Vinoy Park, using about 100 metric tons of sand, added Farias, managing director of Farias Consulting Group.
The main stadium will seat about 3,500 people, said AVP owner Donald Sun.
AVP consultant Al Lau said the tournament will have entertainment, but AVP is still solidifying a list of performers.
Although AVP had yet to apply for or receive city permit in May, they have since obtained the necessary permits, Farias noted. They are also finalizing a list of local sponsors.
Sixteen two-person men's teams and 16 two-person women's teams, will compete in the tournament. Local amateur male and female teams will be able to compete to qualify.
The other host locations are Salt Lake City, Cincinnati, Atlantic City and California cities Manhattan Beach, Huntington Beach and Santa Barbara.
"Knowing what the town is trying to do in terms of community events, sporting events, things like that—it seems like such a good fit," Sun said about why AVP chose St. Petersburg, noting that the city could potentially be a global hub for beach volleyball.
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This article was revised to reflect the following correction: A June 6 article about a Pro Beach Volleyball Tournament contained two errors. Sixteen two-person men's teams and 16 two-person women's teams will compete in the tournament. The article listed a different number of teams. Additionally, Mario Farias is managing director of Farias Consulting Group. The article named a different business.